28/12/2010 15:27

Prologue : The ultimate test of any religion's humanity 'at large' is how they treat women. All 3 monotheist religions fail miserably at this. It has nothing to do with any god but with ignorant, obscurantists, fundamentalists, power hungry degenerate abusers of human rights & child chewing monsters on the loose gone mad with self righteousness... Shame on them all !


The starting point of the campaign of one million signatures demanding changes to the discriminatory laws was a gathering on June 12th 2006 in Haft e Tir square in Tehran (one of the main squares in Tehran) but it was officially launched on august 27 2006. 

This movement is the beginning of very important changes in the history of Iranian women’s movement. After one year and a half it has gathered momentum and increased support and as a result we reached a conclusion that required some changes not only in our working processes but our priorities and values had to change.

This action was the beginning of an immense and important change in the Iranian women’s movement, so much so that within one and half years it provided the means for not only voicing the legal rights of women on mass level but also created the means for a high level perspective on activities on the ground and changes in our values in terms of priorities within the movement. Values and ideas which were mere clichés hence women’s issues were thrown open for discussion in our society at large, within the context of civil society. As a result the other important issue which we had to deal with was our organisational abilities towards a more practical and democratic method, hence "Feminist School Group" was the result of all the changes within the movement.

The Effect of Laws on Women’s Lives

Which Laws Are We Seeking to Change?


Iran’s Divorce Rate Stirs Fears of Society in Crisis

Most experts agree that nothing has contributed as much as a deep-rooted awakening in Iranian women that is altering traditional attitudes toward marriage, relationships, careers and, generally speaking, women’s place in what is still an overwhelmingly patriarchal society.

Twenty percent of Iranian women are employed or actively looking for jobs, according to government figures, compared with 7 percent in the first years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Female undergraduate students outnumber men in Iran’s universities almost two to one.

“This economic freedom has had an effect on the behavior of women in the home,” said Saeid Madani, a member of the Iranian Sociological Association. “In the past, if a housewife left her home, she would go hungry; now there is a degree of possibility of finding a job and earning an income.”




Iran Women’s Rights Movement
The Systematic Repression of Women

Iranian authorities have systematically thwarted peaceful and legal civil society efforts to advocate for women’s rights in Iran, abusing the legal system and gravely violating internationally protected civil rights in the process. https://www.iranhumanrights.org/category/womens/

The Iranian women’s rights movement is the most vibrant social movement in Iran today. Having built an extensive grassroots base, Iranian women are campaigning to fight legal gender discrimination. The government routinely persecutes and prosecutes women’s rights activists.

Report on the Status of Women Human Rights Defenders — April 2009


 "The three monotheisms, animated by the same genealogical death instinct, share a series of identical contempt: hatred of reason and intelligence; hatred of freedom; hatred of all books in the name the one & only; hatred of life; hatred of sexuality, of women and pleasure; hatred of feminity; hatred of the body, of desires & impulses. Instead of all that, Judaism, Christianity and Islam defend: faith and belief, obedience and submission, a taste for death and a passion for the beyond, asexual angel and chastity, virginity and monogamic fidelity, the wife and the mother, the soul and spirit. In other words, life crucified and celebrated nothingness. " - Michel Onfray


Stop Violence Against Women

The absolute facts are that; real men are kind, humble, brave, respectful and tough. Real men are caring and protective of women. Real men have a clear understanding of the fact that women are absolutely equal to men. Real men perceive women as equal partners, not their property.
Also another fact is that; abusive men are cowards, weak and misogynists.

All forms of brutal violence towards women are due to men's sense of superiority and entitlement, instilled in them through the patriarchal criminal religious barbarism, upbringing and social conditioning.

Precisely the reason why women are seen, and treated as liability, subhuman, slave and subservient to men, but men are seen, as assets made in the image of a manmade mythical god, fabricated and widely disseminated by Judaism and its two derivatives: Christianity and Islam religion myths and their barbaric manmade religious manuals.


The Campaign demands an end to violence against women justified in the name of 'culture', 'religion' or 'tradition'. 


Woman's status in Islam is one of the most controversial and serious issues of our time, not only among Muslim women and those who represent them in the area of women's rights in the Islamic world, but also among fundamentalist Muslims.

RAWA is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977. https://www.rawa.org/index.php

MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that uses human rights to advance social justice. www.madre.org


"Putting women in detention because they are calling for equality will only cause them to become even more active and inspire others to do the same. The solution is to listen carefully to what they are saying about equality and do something to bring it about!"









This March 8th, in memory of Neda, symbol of people of Iran’s struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran

Manifesto of Liberation of Women in Iran

The very existence of the Islamic regime of Iran is incompatible with freedom of women. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a misogynist state, architect of gender apartheid and perpetrator of three decades of the most odious forms of abuse, discrimination and violence against women in Iran. A society cannot be free if women are not free. Without the overthrow of the misogynist Islamic regime, women in Iran will not achieve their rights. The Islamic Republic must go! This is the message of Neda Agha Soltan, the symbol of the ongoing revolution in Iran; it is the decree of the brave women who at the front lines of people’s protest have been challenging the entire Islamic state for the past seven months.

Thirty years ago on March 8th, 1979 in Iran, we freedom-loving women and men stood up to the reactionaries who had just come to power, with shouts of No to compulsory veil! Today, with the painful and bloody experience of three decades of gender apartheid, gender slavery and nonstop suppression of women behind us, we state even more clearly and forcefully, along with the young and progressive generation of today, that the Islamic Republic, as a misogynist state, as a regime of gender apartheid must be overthrown. We say that the leaders of the Islamic Republic must be arrested and put on trial for systematic crimes against millions of women, for crimes against humanity. This is the decree of the revolution in Iran. With the overthrow of the Islamic Republic we will lend a helping hand to millions of women in Islam-stricken countries who are prisoners of terrorist Islamic states and gangs and honour-worshiping, male-chauvinistic Islamic traditions.

Today, support for the ongoing revolution in Iran can and should become a vast international movement. March 8th is International Women’s Day, which this year bears the mark of solidarity with women and people in Iran in the struggle to topple the Islamic regime. We call on women’s rights activists and organisations to express their solidarity with the women’s movement in Iran, while remembering Neda Agha Soltan as the symbol of the revolutionary movement against the Islamic Republic. March 8th this year is the day of solidarity with the movement of the people of Iran for freedom!

We issue the following Manifesto of the Liberation of Women in Iran, and call on all women’s rights’ activists and secular and progressive forces to support this Manifesto and join up in solidarity with the people of Iran in the struggle to overthrow the Islamic regime of gender apartheid:

1- Prosecution of the leaders and officials of the Islamic Republic for crimes against humanity, including for thirty years of the vilest abuse, discrimination and violence against women in Iran

2- Abolition of all misogynist Islamic laws and all laws that discriminate against women; complete equality of women and men in all economic, political, cultural, social and family spheres

3- Complete separation of religion from the state, the educational system and all laws

4- Abolition of segregation of the sexes and gender apartheid

5- Prohibition of sighe [Islamic ‘rent-a-wife’] and polygamy; unconditional right of separation [divorce] for women and men; abolition of all laws which make women’s civil rights [such as the right to travel, social intercourse, participation in social activities, etc.] conditional on obtaining the permission of the husband, father or other male members of the family; complete equality of women’s and men’s rights and duties in the custody and care of children following separation

6- Abolition of compulsory veil [hejab] for women; prohibition of hejab for children; full freedom of dress

7- Abolition of all the barbaric laws of stoning, execution, retribution [qesas] and other Islamic punishments

8- Unconditional freedom of expression, protest, strike, assembly, organisation and forming parties

9- Immediate release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience

10- Freedom of religion and atheism and freedom to criticise religion.

Mina Ahadi
Mahin Alipour
Shahla Daneshfar
Maryam Namazie

22 January 2010